Snoop Dogg Lion

I’ve built my personal philosophy on two things: the movies of James Franco and the lyrics of rapper Snoop Dogg. That’s why I can’t wait to learn more lessons from Snoop’s upcoming fighting game.

Way of the Dogg is a rhythm-action combat title for available now for Xbox Live Arcade from publisher 505 Games. It will debut later this year on PlayStation Network and mobile platforms.

“I’ve always dug old-school kung fu movies,” Snoop Dogg said in a statement. “Growing up in the hood, me and the homies used to hit the Palace Theater in Long Beach to watch the double-feature kung fu flicks and come out of the theater play fighting each other and making those old school sound effects. I wanted Way of the Dogg to pay tribute to that feeling and bring that same excitement, fused with my music, to the game.”

In Way of the Dogg, players control America Jones, a responsible young man who loves nothing but his girl and fighting. At least that’s exactly how the first gameplay trailer for Way of the Dogg puts it. The video also teaches us that everyone has a heartbeat — it’s amazing. Check it out below:

Way of the Dogg has Jones training with Snoop to improve his fighting skills before going on to take out other opponents like The Man. The gameplay is similar to beloved rhythm title Elite Beat Agents. Button prompts pop up on the screen in conjunction with some of Snoop Dogg’s famous beats. Tapping the buttons to the rhythm eventually leads to victory.

“Everyone knows that Snoop is down with the biggest and best video games, whether it’s droppin’ my hits on the soundtrack or showing the world I can go toe-to-toe with the best fighters on the street, but Way of the Dogg is the first true gamification of my music,” said Snoop.

Sounds good to me. Now if only someone could gamify the acting of James Franco.